Punting on the River Stour- Canterbury Kent

People enjoying punting on the River Stour, Westgate Gardens, Canterbury, Kent.

Sitting beside the River Stour, Westgate Gardens has been a public open space since the Middle Ages, making it one of England’s oldest parks.

At the northern end of the gardens is the historic West Gate to the city. It is the largest surviving city gate in England. Built of Kentish ragstone around 1379, it has been suggested that it was built primarily as an entrance for pilgrims visiting the shrine of St Thomas Becket at the cathedral.

It is the last survivor of Canterbury’s seven medieval gates, still well-preserved and one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks.


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